It’s better to be your genuine self and have fewer of the right kinds of people in your life than it is to surround yourself with those who only accept you as long as you conform to their idea of who you should be.

Zero Dean

Author | Photographer | CG Artist | Filmmaker

News about my new book (and more)

News about my new book (and more)

Quick update

Hey everybody! It’s been a while… I figured I was overdue in providing an update on what’s going on around these parts…

For those who don’t know, I’ve spent the better part of a year working almost exclusively on a new book.

While it isn’t Lessons Learned From The Path Less Traveled Volume 2, I think that anyone who found value in my first book will appreciate the new one. It is very similar in many ways and will fit very well within the Lessons Learned From The Path Less Traveled series.

I’ll have more news to share about this new book in the coming months. I will also be inviting people to get an early look at the content in order to provide feedback (and possibly contribute something of your own for inclusion in the book). So stay tuned.

Re-starting up an “old” project

Way back in what seems like an eternity ago (August 2019), I departed Southern California in order to interview people across the USA for a video documentary (and podcast) series about resilience and hope.

Unfortunately, six months later the world went sideways when the pandemic hit and I had to put that project on hiatus.

But now that things appear to be getting closer to normal, I will once again be picking up this project and resuming my travels. I don’t yet have an itinerary or, frankly, anyone lined up to interview yet… but once I do, I’ll be sure to share the news. And if you think you know someone who might be interested in this project, please send them to and have them get in touch!

Thank you for your support

As always, thanks for reading — and thanks for your support. I am happy that you are a part of my journey and I wish you nothing but the best on yours.

If you’d like to get in touch with me, here’s how.

Zero Dean

New year, new book, old project

The start of a new year

This past year has been a very challenging year for many (myself included) and in so many different ways. Whether my note finds you thriving or just surviving, I truly hope this coming year is a positive one for you and everyone you care about.

I hope you will join me in ringing in the new year by encouraging more appreciation and less criticism.

More love and less hate.
More tolerance and less judgment.
More generosity and less greed.
More personal responsibility and less trying to control others.
More efficiency and less waste.
More cooperation and less competition.
More encouragement and less disapproval.
More respect and less disdain.
More living within one’s means and less debt.
More patience and less aggressiveness.
More unification and less divisiveness.

And much more of all the things that help make a positive difference in the world and much much less of the things that don’t.

Remember, if you want more kindness in the world, put some there.

New year, new book, old project


Kindle sale $5.19

The normal price of the Kindle edition of my book is $9.99. Amazon recently suggested that $5.19 might be the sweet spot price in prompting enough additional sales that I might actually earn more royalties than I would if I keep the price at $9.99.

So I’m going to run a test for the next week or two to see if there’s any truth to that. So if you’d like to pick up a copy of my book for almost 50% off, now is a good time. Or if you know someone who might want to read it, now would be a good time to let them know.

If I do see an increase in sales, I may just keep it at $5.19. If not, it’s back to $9.99 — as my book has actually been doing quite well at that price point recently. And yes, it’s currently discounted on Amazon sites worldwide.

Oh, and if you’re not following me on Amazon, why don’t you go ahead and do that. :)

Kindle sale .19

August 8, 2020:

The odd irony here is that whenever I reduce the price of my book, I sell fewer copies, not more. And that’s what has happened here. So, as of today, I’m adjusting the sale price to its usual $9.99.

New site notifications settings

You know how it’s nice to be able to turn on notifications for people you follow online on Youtube or Instagram? You now have that same option when it comes to the content on my site.

Simply visit (works best with chrome browser) and when the receive notifications window pops up, click yes.

New site notifications settings

Then click “allow” when the next “show notifications” window pops up.

New site notifications settings

That’s it!

Now the next time I post content on my site, you will receive a notification on your Mac, PC, or Android phone (not available on iOS devices at this time).

New site notifications settings

The great thing about this option is you get it almost instantly. No more waiting several hours or more before an email shows up in your inbox.

And yes, you can easily unsubscribe from notifications at any time.

In light of current events – book price reduction

In light of current events, I’m reducing the price of the kindle edition of my book from $10 to the lowest price Amazon will allow — .99 cents.

If I could make it free, I would. As it is, I will make between 10 and 30 cents per sale.

If you already own it, you can gift it to as many people as you wish at this price. If you find value in it, please consider leaving a review.

If the price isn’t yet adjusted in your part of the world, please check back later — this price will be reflected worldwide.

In light of current events - book price reduction

Trip & Tour Status Feb 2020

Trip & Tour Status Feb 2020

Here’s a little status update…

If you didn’t know, I’m currently traveling the USA interviewing people for a documentary series & podcast about resilience & hope.

See for details and apply if you wish to be considered (or tell anyone you know who might).

I’m also shooting portraits as I travel, available for speaking engagements, book signings, and open to simply meeting for the fun of it.

So drop me a line via any of the numerous ways to get in touch with me.

My book’s sales by city

My book's sales by city

I’m sure this is nowhere near as interesting to you as it is to me, but I accidentally came across my “book sales by city” data and am rather surprised by some of the results.

If you bought my book, is your city represented?

Also, HELLO NEW YORK! 🤘🏻🔥💛🤗

And if you’re one of the people who has bought my book — or you’re thinking about it — THANK YOU.

My book’s sales by city (Jan 2019-Feb 2020)

1. New York, NY
2. Cincinnati, OH
3. Los Angeles, CA
4. Portland-PolandSpring, ME
5. Philadelphia, PA
6. Portland, OR
7. Albuquerque, NM
8. Phoenix, AZ
9. Raleigh-Durham, NC
10. SF-Okland-San Jose
11. San Diego, CA
12. Washington, DC
13. Atlanta, GA
14. Baltimore, MD
15. Boston, MA
16. Denver, CO
17. Detroit, MI
18. Fresno-Visalia, CA
19. Houston, TX
20. Seattle-Tacoma, WA
21. Albany-Schnctady-Troy, NY
22. Charlotte, NC
23. Chicago, IL
24. Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX
25. Dayton, OH
26. Flint-Saginaw-BayCity, MI
27. Kansas City, KS-MO
28. Miami, FL
29. Nrflk-Prtsmth-NwptNws-Hmp
30. Providence-New Bedford,RI
31. Sacramento-Stockton, CA
32. Salt Lake City, UT
33. Tampa-St.Petersburg, FL
34. Austin, TX
35. Baton Rouge, LA
36. CdarRpds-Wtrloo-Dubuqu,IA
37. Chattanooga, TN
38. ColoradoSprngs-Pueblo, CO
39. Columbus, OH
40. Ft. Myers-Naples, FL
41. Hartford-New Haven, CT
42. Indianapolis, IN
43. Jacksonville, FL
44. Johnstown-Altoona, PA
45. Memphis, TN
46. Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
47. Richmond, VA
48. Rochester, NY
49. San Antonio, TX
50. Southbend-Elkhart, IN

*Smaller cities when combined rank #2

Newsletter: December 27, 2019

Happy New Year!

This is just a quick update to give you an idea of what’s going on in my life and some changes I’m making on social media.

For 2020, I’ve decided to convert my @zerodean.official Instagram to a private account and I’ve begun to purge followers I don’t recognize & never interact with.

By going private, I hope to establish a more meaningful & intimate connection with those who follow my personal Instagram by engaging with people more directly.

I have several thousand followers I don’t recognize (about 13,000 before I started purging), so if you do, in fact, want to continue following me and I purge you by accident, feel free to send a follow request. This isn’t about restricting access to my posts, it’s about increasing engagement and making sure that the people who want to see my posts actually do. And if you don’t want to be accidentally purged, be sure to engage with me or a post in some way so I recognize you.

Otherwise, you can follow my writing at and my photography at

My personal Instagram account will continue to contain a random assortment of posts – from photos and videos to musings and more. I also plan on posting more often.

I don’t care how many (or how few) people follow me. What I care about is the quality of the connection. Here’s to making 2020 about deeper & more meaningful connections.


Where am I?

After spending 3 or so weeks in Key West, I’m now in the Miami area. I’ve been waiting for the winter holidays to pass before re-engaging my video interview and podcast project about resilience and hope. Things should be picking up again on that front soon. I should also have some random photoshoots to do in the near future as well — just to keep things interesting.

And finally…

And finally, if you bought my book for yourself or someone else or received my book for the holidays, let me know. I’d love to hear from you.

And if you haven’t bought my book and are thinking about buying the digital edition, you may want to hold off a bit as I’m thinking about having another kindle sale in the near future.

Ok, that’s it for now. I hope are having a great holiday season. I hope those of you in cold areas are keeping warm — and those of you in warm areas are keeping cool!

Happy New Year!

Zero Dean